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One of the rewards extended to former editors-if they are lucky and get to plan their departure-is that they can choose their next assignment. I had no doubt about what I wanted- to be Washington correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. There was no more important and interesting international story to cover than the United States at the beginning of George W. Bush's second term. The war in Iraq was going badly, and it was not at all clear that the war on terror was being won-or even if there was any agreement that it was, in fact, a war. When veteran journalist Michael Gawenda was posted to the USA as a Washington correspondent in 2005, George W. Bush was beginning his second term, and the war in Iraq was showing signs of becoming a quagmire. Two years later, Bush is a lame duck president and most Americans want their troops out of Iraq. American Notebook is Gawenda's absorbing and insightful account of his American posting. Weaving the personal into the political, Gawenda takes the reader on his journey into a country he has always loved. Beyond daily life in Washington, he visits hurricane-ravaged New Orlean

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522852530
ISBN-10: 052285253X
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 157mm x 20mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda is a journalist and columnist and a former Washington correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is a former editor-in-chief of The Age and a former editor of Time (Australia). He is a multiple recipient of the Walkley Award, Australia's most prestigious award for journalism.

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